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In Progress List 2018

This list displays the most recent books nominated for Capitol Choices. You can filter by age group by selecting it from the drop-down box and clicking "select."
Canoers above and fish below on a pond
Christopher Silas
As a small black boy and his mother paddle across a pond and the afternoon becomes evening, she describes the plants and animal that inhabit that world in, under, and around the water. A companion book to earlier volumes about a garden and winter snow. (K. Isaacs. Up to 7)
Red-caped girl and wolf pup
Macmillan (Feiwel & Friends)
Lost in a snowstorm on her way home from school, a girl in a red hooded jacket finds and saves a wolf pup, and the pack, in turn saves her. A near wordless adventure movingly told through watercolored pen and ink scenes and occasional sounds. (up to 7. K. Isaacs)
Bull's head with words from text
Houghton Mifflin
When Minos cheated Poseidon, the god of the sea retaliated by giving him a half-man, half-bull son whom his sister loved, but betrayed--the ancient story of the Minotaur dramatically retold in modern poetry.(14 and up. K. Isaacs)
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
The kind of bed time book to delight a child, full of actin and noise. The text offers lots of repetition, making easy for the child to chime in and the sounds rhyme, going from La to Rah Rah. We move up a skinny apartment building where there is lots going on on every floor. Check out the front cover for a hint or two. The illustrations are as lively as the text and very child appealing. Will it make your youngster go to sleep? Maybe not right away, but it will make bedtime reading more fun and interactive. Edie Ching (up to 7)
serval kitten
A wildlife photographer’s irresistible story of fostering a serval kitten in the Masai Mara in Kenya. Charming photographs illustrate the text and chronicle Moto’s growth. Well-written and engagingly illustrated narrative nonfiction that includes maps, a table of contents, and some general facts about these less well-known cats. (7-10. K. Isaacs)
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
It all starts with a lightly drawn circle, and then a dot that's too large, and that's how the picture that is found in the middle of this book begins. "Mistakes" advance the story, as they get incorporated into the images and the action. An empty world becomes very full and active by mid book and then reverberates back to the all important question, Do You See, Now, Who she could be? An original look at how art evolves, be it an illustration, or a story, or a song.....let your imagination soar and the "mistakes" begin. (Edie Ching) Up to 7.
Sam needs to clean up his toys, but he becomes distracted by all the different ways he can sort them. He sorts by color, shape, pattern and rhyming words. The author adds humor by including pages with things Sam might bite if they were real versus things that would bite Sam if they were real. Each illustration features plenty of details for young readers to look at over and over again, and the paper collage style gives each page a variety of textures. This is a really engaging concept book with a fun narrative. (Megan Crews) Up to 7
Marta Alvarez
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Long before others shared her interest--or even believed that women could work in such fields--Eugenie Clark dove into zoology and dedicated herself to the study of sharks. In a career that spanned almost seven decades, Dr. Clark established herself as an expert in the field, earning the nickname "Shark Lady" for her explorations and discoveries. Fellow zoologist Jess Keating offers an optimistic biography of Clark, modeling for young scientists how a passion for learning and a commitment to one's path can lead to an extraordinary life. Includes facts ("Shark Bites"), a timeline, author's note, and bibliography. (Seven to Ten) ~ Kit Ballenger
We Are Okay (cover)
Penguin (Dutton)
After plodding through the fall of her freshman year, Marin convinced the college to let her spend winter break in her dorm room, alone. When her best friend, Mabel, flies out to visit, Marin must finally confront the abrupt end to the girls' past summer, and its impact on their relationship. A quiet novel, heavy with loss and loneliness, and beautifully written. (Fourteen and up) ~ Kit Ballenger
Caroline's Comets
Emily Arnold
Holiday House
A picture book biography of the first professional woman scientist and "The Hunter of Comets". Caroline Herschel first discovered astronomy because of the interest/work of her brother and became his assistant. But later she made discoveries on her own. The difficulties of her life are included here as well as the accomplishments and end notes help clarify some of the points made in the book (i.e. a definition for the word nebulae). The attractive vivid illustrations add to the appeal of the book. Edie Ching (up to 7)